Posted by: Jeremy | October 5, 2009

Call it a comeback


Hill picked up some hardware today for his 2009 efforts

Hill picked up some hardware today for his 2009 efforts

Aaron Hill won the AL Comeback Player of the Year Award this afternoon, making the 2009 season slightly less-horrible for the Jays. That said, it was still pretty awful.

Congrats to Hill, though, for coming back a concussion last May that cost him the remainder of the 2008 season. Not only did he come back and remain healthy — he came back to blast 36 homers and drive in 108 runs (19 and 30 more than his prior career-highs, respectively) and earn a trip to his first All-Star Game. His home run and RBI marks were also best amongst major league second basemen. Pretty, pretty good.

Former Blue Jay Chris Carpenter picked up the award for the National League and should grab the NL Cy Young in coming weeks after finishing 17-4 with a 2.24 ERA for the playoff-bound Cardinals. That, after pitching a combined five times in 2007 and 2008 and not winning a game. The Comeback Player of the Year was Carpenter’s second such honour — he also picked up the award in 2004 after missing all of the previous season due to a torn labrum. In six seasons with Toronto from 1997-2002, Carpenter was 49-50 with a 4.83 ERA. Since, he’s 68-24 with a 2.91 ERA.

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